06 May 2019

By John Benedict Santos | Market Innovation Division | DTI-Export Marketing Bureau

Published also in Business Mirror

Senen M. Perlada, director of the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau, presents trade opportunities with the Philippines to the delegates of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce on April 16, 2019.


THE Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines organized an information session and business-to-business (B2B) meeting with the delegates of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce who came to Manila on April 16, 2019, to explore business interests between the Philippines and Mexico.

Marlen Marroquin-Davern, executive director of the chamber, headed the delegation composed of Mauricio Monroy of Mauricio Monroy Contadores, Juan Carreon and Connie Bermudez of Grupad Fiscal Advisors, Mariana Carreon of Xawi Textile, and Aram Hodoyan and Artemis Hodoyan of On Time Logistics.

The Philippines was the first country visited by the delegation as part of their road show which also included China, Japan and South Korea.

Jesus B. Varela, PCCI’s vice chairman for the Americas, moderated the info session while PCCI Chairman Emeritus Dr. Francis Chua and PCCI President Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco delivered messages which emphasized the long-standing trade and cultural relationship between the Philippines and Mexico.

Mexican Ambassador Gerardo Lozano Arredondo highlighted that “last April 14, 2019, Mexico and the Philippines celebrated 66 years of diplomatic relations and we are pleased to celebrate our partnership with this important event that reminds us of our histrorical ties and learning new ideas for our common future.”

Presentations were also given by Export Marketing Bureau Director Senen M. Perlada and Board of Investments (BOI) Director Angelica Cayas on doing business in the Philippines and Juan Gabriel Espejo Ceballos, head of Bilateral Cooperation and Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Mexico on doing business in Mexico.

The info session was followed by B2B meetings giving Philippine exporters an opportunity to discuss their interests with the respective companies from the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Some of the Philippine exporters who participated in the B2B meeting included Business People, McCormick Philippines, Nattural Quality, and the Filipino Food Movement (based in the US), which also participated in the recent Outbound Business Matching Mission to Guadalajara, Mexico, with participation in Antad and Alimentaria Expo organized by EMB. Other companies in the meeting were Amazing Foods, Century Pacific, Gulife Vegetable Pasta, JNRM Group of Cos., Magic Melt and Propack Asia.

The event with the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce was part of EMB’s ongoing activities to promote Philippine exports to Mexico and other Latin American countries.